Educators

Improving Cybersecurity for Iowans

Resources from universities and cybersecurity organizations assist with educating students, staff and faculty on cybersecurity, its importance and its impact.

Education

Security Literacy ProjectUse this module-based program to teach a wide variety of audiences all aspects of practical computer security. The material offers lessons from students from elementary school through adulthood.

Curriculum

NetSmartzUsing age-appropriate videos and activities, NetSmartz teaches children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowers them to help victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.

National Cybersecurity Alliance: Use this set of plans and tips for students, faculty and staff to create a cybersecurity awareness campaign, which will make everyone conscious of the part they play in cybersecurity and ultimately produce a safer and happier school experience.

Cyber Defense Competitions

ISEAGE Cyber Defense Competitions (CDC)CDCs are great hands-on experiences to defending networks in real time, with real people. The competitions are hosted by Iowa State University and are open to high school students, community college students, four-year university students and industry professionals.

Career Paths

Cybersecurity Career Pathway: Interact with this pathway map to display common job titles, salaries and career paths in cybersecurity. The pathway also highlights credentials and skillsets associated with each role.

Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat MapHover over your state to see how many cybersecurity jobs there are in your state and how many cybersecurity professionals there are in your state. This demonstrates the nation’s supply and demand for cybersecurity workers.

Information Security Analysis Quick Facts : Check out these quick facts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for those Information Technology Analyst roles, including median pay, typical entry-level education, job outlook, and the number of jobs in the nation.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: This is a nationally focused resource that describes cybersecurity work, and workers, regardless of where, or for whom, the work is performed.

Careers in Cyber: Here is a list of current options for work in the National Guard’s growing cyber force.

Scholarships

DMACC and Other Scholarship Opportunities: Check out these scholarship opportunities from DMACC and outside scholarships. When looking at any scholarship, pay close attention to any application deadlines so you do not miss out on potential funding opportunities.

Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship: See if your students qualify for this scholarship to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. Credentials include postsecondary certificates, diplomas and associate degrees.

Iowa State University Scholarships and Financial Aid: If continuing your cybersecurity education at Iowa State University, see if these scholarship opportunities apply to you. Iowa State offers several opportunities to undergraduate students majoring in electrical, computer, software, or cyber security engineering to obtain scholarships or paid undergraduate research positions on-campus.

CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service: This program provides indirect funding for college students, graduate students, or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.

Stay Safe Online

National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA)Check out the resources provided by the NCSA for users at home, work and school to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.These tips and resources aim to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online and understand the risks that come with using the internet.